I attended an admissions brief today at the USCGA. The admissions officer who ran it gave her opinion on early action. She said she was not a fan of early action and discouraged us from applying for it. Her reasoning did make a lot of sense. She stated that submitting the app that early can do more harm than good for the applicant's chances. Since the deadline is only halfway through the first quarter of senior year, the admissions board only has the applicant's transcript up until junior year to go off of. Someone who only had the option of taking honors pre-calc their junior year would be competing with someone who had the opportunity to take AP Calc their junior year. She also mentioned that very qualified early action applicants could still be put on the waitlist so the admissions board can wait to see what other diversities apply for regular action. This long story is a lead way into my question: would it be wise to wait to complete my application until the end of my first quarter so that I can send an updated transcript with my first quarter grades? I am taking many STEM courses, so would it be in my best interest to wait?